FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
It was a wild one in game two of the Saint Mary’s men’s baseball Blue vs. Red World Series. The Red team jumped out to an early lead but was unable to finish it out, as a four run rally in the bottom of the sixth brought the Blue Team back to life. Justin Fazio scored the game winner off an errant throw in the bottom of the seventh for a final score of 6-5, the Blue team taking the best of three series 2-0.
Junior Scott Schneider had a brilliant day coming out of the bullpen for Blue team manager Cory Miller. Schneider went 2.2 innings, getting the Blue team out of a jam in the top of the fifth, and struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh.
Offensively the Blue team was led by freshman first baseman Troy Channing who went 3-for-4 on the day with two singles and a double; he also scored two runs and drove in one. He was crucial in the Blue teams rally in the sixth. After driving in Fazio, Channing showed the speed as he scored all the way from second on a wild pitch to tie the game at five.
The Red team appeared to be cruising to an easy victory; Daniel Alcaire had a fantastic day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and a single, while knocking in four. In the top of the third Alcaire deposited a first pitch slider down the left field line for a two run double, putting the Red team in the lead 3-0. He added to that total in the top of the fifth with a single up the middle that scored two.
On the mound for the Red team was freshman Nathan Gonzalez, who pitched a very efficient outing, going five complete innings in just 67 pitches. The young freshman was on a strict pitch count, but that was not an issue as he surrendered just four hits, while striking out three, and forcing two inning ending double plays.
For the Blue team it was the freshman that seemed to be making all the plays, as Mark Anderson led off the bottom of the third inning with a double down the left field line. Anderson would come in to score off a triple from fellow freshman Donald Collins.
Greg Ditmer remains red hot, as he collected his third and fourth hits of the series. In the bottom of the fourth Ditmer sent a hard hit ground ball up the middle, and in the bottom of the seventh he had a base hit bunt that loaded the bases for the final dramatics.
Taylor Reid took the mound to start for the Blue team, and started very strong striking out four batters in the first two innings. An error from Murphy to start the top of the third began a three run inning for the Red team that would be the lone blemish on the afternoon for the sophomore righty.
Randy Wells had a solid day both at the plate and in the field. Offensively Wells went 2-for-3 with a HBP, he tallied one run batted in and scored a run. In the field he turned a beautiful 6-4-3 double play to end an early threat from the Blue team.
With the completion of the series that concludes the Gaels fall intersquad schedule. The Gaels first game of the 2009 season will be on Friday, February 20, when SMC hosts Oregon at 2:00 PM at Louis Guisto Field.